Gunmen kill Taraba school principal, burn police van in Kaduna

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Taraba State Police Command says unknown gunmen have killed the principal of a school in thebstste.

The police confirmed the incident and said it had deployed cops to the community to control outrage that followed the death of the principal.

David Misal, the spokesperson for the command, disclosed this to journalists in Jalingo.

Misal said upon learning of the killing of the school principal, the command quickly deployed men in the scene to avert an escalation of the situation.

“Information indicated that two men on a motorcycle coming from Tsokundi to Wukari were attacked by yet to be identified armed men on Tuesday.

“One died while the other is receiving treatment. We have since mobilized our men to the area for possible arrest,” he said. The Punch also reported that the Caretaker Chairman of Wukari Local Government Area, Daniel Adi, told journalists that people suspected to be Tiv attacked and killed the principal on his way to Wukari on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the President General of Tiv Cultural and Social Association, Chief Goodman Dahida, has called for proper investigation into the attack.

“The insecurity in southern Taraba has been taken over by criminals. It is possible that what happened was the handiwork of the same criminals.

“I want to appeal for calm and trace the incident with care before jumping into the conclusion that Tiv people are behind the attack,” he said.

Meanwhile, suspected bandits ‎have attacked a police vehicle and set it ablaze in Kaduna.

The incident happened along Kwanar Labi-Kwaru forest, close to Udawa village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

A source who do not want his identity revealed said the incident occurred around 11pm after a gun duel between the suspected bandits and the police as they were on their way to Kaduna from Birnin Gwari.

Recall that the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway has come under constant attacks from suspected bandits, who terrorise motorists plying the road.

A source among the vigilantes working on the routes told our reporter that a policeman was injured during the attack, while some ran into the forest.

“They (police) were travelling in the white escort ‎van at a place called Kwaru after Kwanar Labi close to Udawa town when they came under attack. The bandits were in large number. One policeman sustained injuries while the rest escaped into the bush.

“No life was lost in the attack but the van was set ablaze by the bandits,” he said. A Birnin Gwari resident, who did not want his name mentioned, told our reporter that the van was completely burnt.

“I saw when the car was burning because I was travelling on the same day too but we couldn’t stop because the area where the incident happened is considered danger zone,” he said.

When contacted, the acting Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, ASP Sulaiman Abubakar, said he would get the details and get back to our reporter but was yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.